I am listening to a lot of podcasts - usually while jogging, playing Playstation games, commuting, taking a longer walk. Couple of years ago I was able to listen to a podcast while programming - but now I find it difficult to focus on programming while still keeping track of what is going on in the podcast.

What I am looking for in the podcasts:

  • relaxed atmosphere with a large dose of wit
  • stick to the subject
  • great moderation (which makes a combination of both above possible)

Most of the podcasts that I am enjoying are about technology and science (economy, astronomy, and mixed).

I use “Overcast” application on my phone and https://overcast.fm website when listening on my laptop. After getting used to it first, now, I usually speed up the podcasts twice the speed to save some time, and to listen to more content within given time. It takes only a couple of days to get used to it - and it saves a lot of time. Overcast has the option to set the speed of playback.

List of my favcorite podcasts

  • Daily Tech News Show with an amazing Tom Merritt (https://twitter.com/acedtect) - daily update with most interesting news, usually focusing on one, most important topic. 45-60 minutes, with different people joining to comment on the presented news.
  • Sceptic’s Guide to the Universe, SGU - weekly science podcast, debunking fake science and myths. Each eposide consists of the main topic, and several, regular segments, like: “Who’s That Noisy”, “What’s the Word” and “Science or Fiction” where cohosts are given three news and has to guess which are actual science.
  • Review the future - 45-minute long discussion focusing on future issues. Predictions, news, influence on our lives, technology and politics. Hosted by Jon Perry and Ted Kupper, futurists and artists from Los Angeles.
  • RadioLab - hosted by the great Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumard with many interesting co-hosts and guests joining the show. Radiolab is a show about curiosity and science. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.
  • Clockwise - Four people, four topics, 30 minutes. Clockwise focusses on technology topcis, with commentary presented from different perspectives.

Podcasts about programming

  • Programming Throwdown - ~70-minute long episodes focusing on different programing languages and frameworks - amazing source of knowledge in case you want to learn more about paradigms, tools, langauges, and approaches that are popular among programmers using languages that you do not know. Hosted by Patrick Wheeler and Jason Gauci.
  • Stack Overflow podcast - programming podcast hosted by the Joel Spolsky.

Podcasts I turn on sometimes

  • a16z - the name stands for Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. This podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world.
  • Econtalk - economics-focused podcast hosted by Russel Roberts, often with great guests to discuss economics topics.
  • Science Friday - Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology, and other cool stuff.

I will be updating the list as soon as my preference change.